Police charge 2, seek a third in school B&E

Going back to school at night was not the best idea one of two men came up with on July 18.

Two suspects were taken into custody, and one remains at large after staff from Portage Collegiate Institute (PCI) found that the building had been broken into overnight.

On July 18, at 6:45 A.M. the Portage la Prairie RCMP were called to the Prince Charles Campus at PCI, where damage was found throughout the building. With the assistance of the RCMP’s Forensic Identification Service, investigators were able to determine that three suspects had broken into the buildings. Evidence gathered at the scene pointed officers in the direction of two males and a female, one of whom was known to have caused damage to the property in the past.

Patrols and canvassing the community resulted in the first suspect being taken into custody in the late evening of July 18. Joshua James Farrell, 21, of Steinbach, was held in police custody until he could be brought before the court.

The second suspect was found at a Portage la Prairie home later in the evening on July 19. Timothy Andrew Farrell, 19, of Portage la Prairie, was held in police custody until he could be brought before the court.

A third suspect, Destinee Catherine Finnie, an 18-year-old Portage la Prairie woman, remains at large on a warrant for her arrest.

All three stand accused of breaking and entering, mischief to property over $5,000, and being disguised with intent to commit an offence.

Investigators are asking that anyone with knowledge of Finnie’s current whereabouts contact the Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445 or their local police detachment. Anonymous tips can be made through Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or by visiting www.manitobacrimestoppers.com. Tips leading to the arrest of Finnie could receive cash awards.

Prepared by Cst. Sean O’Keefe, Portage la Prairie RCMP

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